[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] What do you get when your phone falls into the toilet, your computer stops connecting to the internet, your ATM card isn’t working, and your watch breaks?.. That would be my week. These things aren’t the biggest deals- if you’re in America. It’s not even such a big problem if you live in the city of Kampala here in Uganda. But when you’re living in Northern Uganda, it’s a matter of urgency. It means your communication with the world is cut off, and the only way it can be restored is to take the 8-9 hour drive down to Kampala to get things fixed. So that’s exactly what I did. We are in the midst of busyness ending out the year with movie nights, dinners, outreaches, and our normal ministry activities; but sometimes you’ve just gotta run away and fix your electronics. I envy the women in the villages whose lives are much simpler, who aren’t chained to their computers, who don’t have to send ministry updates and reports to donors; who don’t post updates, but simply live. It makes me wonder just how advanced we have become. Oftentimes we can become enslaved to our electronics. Don’t get me wrong, I’m SO thankful for the internet! I’m grateful beyond words to stay in touch with loved ones (including our amazing and faithful ministry supporters) far away, to watch my nieces and nephews grow up over Facebook, and to be able to use an app to call my mom in New York for free. These are a BLESSING! But what I realized this week when things stopped working is that I am perhaps too dependent upon my electronic devices. It got me thinking: What would happen if all of it disappeared? Would people be able to survive as they did in the days of old? I know they could in the villages; but I fear for the rest of us.
I think it would be a healthy challenge to take a break from electronics, to power off the phones, shut down the tablets, and turn off the computers. What would happen if we sat next to people, looked them in the eyes, and actually tried to communicate like the archaic days before text messaging? I know, I know, this is ridiculous; but- could we do it? Thanksgiving was only a week ago. The day after Thanksgiving, people stood in line for hours, trampled one another, and fought for silly little trinkets. How about we carry on the tradition of Thankfulness, and just try for one day (or even a few hours) to relate face to face, with PEOPLE, not things or electronics. I fear that this art of real communication is being swallowed and consumed by our conveniences. Let’s fight this, let’s try to be relational. I think we will find a wonderful blessing in return!
This must sound very hypocritical because here I am writing on my laptop, posting a blog update, about NOT doing these things. I give this challenge not to you alone but also to myself. I plan to take myself up on this, and spend some time this weekend with my husband, just being human, without any of the frills, without posting any photos on fb or instagram or recording the event. I’ll let you know how it works out.
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